You know, the one-sheet for director Jason Banker’s upcoming horror/thriller thingy “Toad Road” was actually engaging enough to catch my attention. It’s nothing overwhelmingly original or mind-shatteringly amazing, mind you, but it does its job effectively. However, the more I read about the flick itself, the less excited I am about the project. Name checking both Gus Van Sant and Larry Clark in a press release should be enough to warrant an investigation by the Pretentious Police, but, honestly, I kind of dig the trailer for the flick, too. Here’s hoping it’s more Clark than Van Sant. The last thing anyone wants is another “Gerry”. Yeesh.
Check out the offending passage in all its glory:
Black Out Films and Random Bench Productions are excited to announce the world premiere of Toad Road at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. Jason Banker (Teenage Paparazzo, My Name is Faith) directed and produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with producers Liz Levine (Camp Hollywood, Finite & Infinite Games) and Adrian Salpeter (The French Guy, Finite & Infinite Games). Toad Road displays a disturbing portrait of contemporary youth culture where the lines between perception and reality are blurred with often frightening results.
Inspired by an urban legend, Toad Road is an intimate meditation on lost youth evocative of Gus Van Sant (with a racy touch of Larry Clark) and a radical deconstruction of genre cinema, a devastating and brilliant object of contemplation and dread, and a journey down unexpected paths.
If you’re going to be at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, be sure to check out “Toad Road” on July 26th. The trailer for the flick can be found below. Again, more Larry Clark, less Gus Van Sant. I can’t stress this enough.
Via : Dread Central